January 6, 2010

PARENTING, NOT DISEASE:

More Toddlers, Young Children Given Antipsychotics (Jennifer Thomas, 1/05/10, HealthDay)

Presumably, only children with the most severe mental problems would be given the potent drugs. Yet, less than half of children on antipsychotics had received any mental health services, including a mental health assessment or treatment from a psychotherapist or psychiatrist, the study authors noted.

"You don't see the kinds of mental health services you would expect to see if we were dealing with the most profoundly disturbed toddlers," Olfson said, raising the question of whether doctors had done everything they could to help the child before turning to medications.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 6, 2010 6:00 AM
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